September 18, 2016
I suppose by now you have seen some of the athletes who have chosen not to stand for the National Anthem. Best I can tell there have been fewer than a couple of dozen who have chosen to "protest" in such a way. The media coverage of their actions has been out of proportion to the number of people who do choose to stand out of respect for our country and its flag. There are quite literally millions of people who do so every week at athletic events and other gatherings where our flag is presented.
I don't agree at all with what has been occurring on a few sidelines. There are many channels for people to air their concerns, particularly if you are a professional athlete who makes millions of dollars. But like most things that occur in life, something bad can lead to something good. I have attended a few events since this began in San Francisco. At every one of them it seems that most people are paying closer attention to the National Anthem than we did before. What many took for granted has once again become a special moment to remember the sacrifices paid by so many who have defended our nation throughout its history. Next time a player chooses to "protest" in such a way, remember that someone else paid a price, sometimes the ultimate price, to give all of us our freedom. My guess is you will sing the National Anthem with more vigor than you did before.
This Sunday we will consider "The Importance of a Good Name" as we continue thinking of how we can "Build Strong Character. I hope to see you in your place as we worship God together.